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Old Yeller | [Fred Gipson]

Old Yeller

When a novel like Huckleberry Finn or The Yearling comes along, it defies customary adjectives because of the intensity of the response it evokes in the reader. Such a tale is Old Yeller; to listen to this eloquently simply story of a boy and his dog in the Texas hill country is an unforgettable and deeply moving experience.
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Publisher's Summary

When a novel like Huckleberry Finn or The Yearling comes along, it defies customary adjectives because of the intensity of the response it evokes in the reader. Such a tale is Old Yeller; to listen to this eloquently simply story of a boy and his dog in the Texas hill country is an unforgettable and deeply moving experience.

©1956 Fred Gipson; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"There is something special in the telling of this story which makes it more than just a tender account of a boy's love for his dog, and more than a tale of frontier days. It is the combination of excellent writing and the sensitivity to human emotions that places it on a shelf with the classics." (Saturday Review of Literature)
"Exciting and heartwarming indeed. Recommended for adults and teenagers." (Library Journal)

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    Karen San Marcos, CA, United States 04-20-10
    Karen San Marcos, CA, United States 04-20-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Old Yeller"

    I love the old children classics. This is my taste. I read "The Tailors Daughter" that was so boring and not my personality. I think I need to stick to the children's books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hannah Mississippi 03-11-13
    Hannah Mississippi 03-11-13
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    "Can't go wrong with a classic!"
    What did you love best about Old Yeller?

    Great story that captured the heart of my son.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Old Yeller was the best character. Although he had no spoken lines, he was the heart of the story. He displayed loyalty, courage and love and even some comic relief and a touch of mischief.


    What does Peter Francis James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    For a child with dyslexia, the reader adds support as he reads along with the story. My son would not have experienced the story at all without the support of the reader. He would not have had the confidence to read a book of that length without the audio.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The only thing that kept my son from reading/listening in one sitting was bed time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sirlina Millington, TN, United States 01-02-12
    Sirlina Millington, TN, United States 01-02-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone who has to get this read! It worked!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn LANTANA, TX, United States 07-15-14
    Shawn LANTANA, TX, United States 07-15-14 Member Since 2011

    History & Political Science Major

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    "A focus on what is important in a world of fluff"

    As a father of two boys under 10, I am always on the look-out for stories that focus on what is important in life. Old Yeller is a terrific coming of age story which is a must read for all boys younger than 14. Travis represents a boy of yesteryear who would have been a common commodity of the time, but today, extremely under represented. The character Travis represents a boy with strong work ethic, principles, loyalty, love of family, personal responsibility & accountablitiy, and ultimately love of a dog. Travis' relationship with Yeller goes beyond a simple relationship with a dog who helps the family survive during precarious times and precarious circumstances. I found myself pausing during certain intervals of the book to explain to my boys some of the deeper meaning of many of the decisions made by Travis. My sons looked forward to the daily commute and we listened to this book within one week.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa REDWOOD, NY, United States 10-01-12
    Lisa REDWOOD, NY, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2009

    Married, Mother of 3 children, RN, loves the outdoors and music of all kinds. Audio books are my new addiction.

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    "My son loved it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's one of the classics....you have to read (or listen to Old Yeller at least once)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Old Yeller?

    (Spoiler alert) My son says... "when the dog dies, you definitely don't forget that"


    Which character – as performed by Peter Francis James – was your favorite?

    Travis


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    "It made me cry"...per the son. I say if you read this book and don't cry there is something seriously wrong with you.


    Any additional comments?

    My son says he would have liked it better if there was a happier ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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